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Engineering and Communication Dual Degree Program

Declare the Dual Degree

The dual degree program in communication and engineer­ing offers students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science in engineering and either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in communication in five years. Students may select any of the School of Communication’s six majors for the BS in communication and any School of Com­munication major other than human communication sci­ences for the BA in communication, although the school maintains an enrollment cap of 100 per class for the theatre major; if this major is full, students may request to be put on a waiting list. They may also select any of the available programs of study in engineering.

All students in the dual degree program must complete all requirements for both degrees, with no double count­ing of courses allowed between the 16 required credits for the engineering major and the 12-13 required credits for the communication major. All policies of each school are enforced in the meeting of that school’s requirements. No major in engineering or communication will be awarded without the relevant degree requirements also having been fulfilled; the majors in engineering and communication can only be earned as part of their respective degrees. Students are also required to meet the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR) for students in dual degree programs, earning at least 42 credits in 12 quarters at Northwestern. Current students who are interested in pursuing the dual degree in communication and engineering should contact the assistant dean for personal development in the McCor­mick School and an academic advisor in SoC for more information. Appointments with SoC advisors can be made by calling 847-491-7214.

Declare the Dual Degree in Communication and Engineering

To declare a dual degree, students should first go to the Registrar’s Website at and complete the application to add a dual degree. Students should then meet with the Assistant Dean for Personal Development in McCormick. Finally, students should call 847-491-7214 to make an appointment with an SoC advisor.